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Sanctuary Ministries Of Toronto
At Sanctuary, we believe that God is loving, compassionate, holy and creative; that He has made all people in His image; and that, through His Son, Jesus Christ, He draws all people to Himself for affirmation, healing and community. Our mission is to cultivate these characteristics and values in ourselves and in the hurting, alienated and marginalized people in the City of Toronto.
Sanctuary is a Christian charitable organization that seeks to establish and develop holistic, inclusive and healthy community. We welcome people who have, for the most part, known only rejection and abuse. Our core community includes:
o people who are homeless and people who run their own businesses
o middle-aged, middle-class people and squeegee kids
o university students and hardened street people.
Sharing our lives and our resources, we reach out to a downtown neighborhood plagued with homelessness, drugs, prostitution, unemployment and AIDS. We offer dignity, support and direction to people who want to reclaim healthy, meaningful lives.
Through drop-ins, street outreach and one-to-one relationships, we offer food, clothing and basic health care. Our staff help individual family members access welfare, housing, legal counsel, medical care, counseling, therapy or drug rehabilitation. Perhaps the most valuable thing we offer is simple friendship.
Sanctuary Health Care Clinic
Wednesday 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
(At Other Times By Appointment )
Location: 25 Charles Street East, Toronto, Ontario
Email Address: email@example.com
Street Outreach Services (S.O.S.) - (For Youths)
Located on Yonge St. near Wellesley, Street Outreach Services provides a variety of services to hundreds of street youth involved in or at risk of becoming involved in prostitution. Most of the youth, (aged 16 - 24) are homeless and unemployed and resort to prostitution as a way of survival. The majority of these young people have histories of serious sexual abuse and alienation and have fled to the 'big city' hoping to find jobs, homes and a new life.
S.O.S. outreach workers are on the street six nights per week, providing non-judgmental information, support and referral services to assist youth who want to leave the street. Youth are referred to the S.O.S. daily drop-in program, which offers them the options of counselling services, a legal clinic, a medical clinic and safe sex education, free condoms, a needle exchange, housing support, laundry facilities, a shower, toiletries, and new and used clothing. Most importantly, they are offered hope and non-judgmental encouragement and support to help them leave street life and prostitution.
S.O.S. also runs a 5-bed, transitional, semi-independent house that provides safe housing for youth while they try to refocus their lives.
Location: 622 Yonge Street, Floor 2
Youth Unlimited (Toronto YFC)
Light Patrol uses a modified 30ft. mobile home as a base from which teams of trained youth specialists, volunteers and registered nurses reach the streets safely and efficiently. Teams are also sent out in a customized camper van, on mountain bikes, and in pairs on foot in an effort to reach the "hidden" homeless. Lastly, through Safe Light, girls in sexually exploitive situations such as prostitution, street pregnancies and "survival sex" are reached. By being present where the need is greatest, Light Patrol is reaching both the visible and "hidden" homeless youth.
50 Gervais Drive, Suite 302
Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1Z3
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